[Techtalk] Dualboot on my laptop
david at aeolia.co.uk
Fri Aug 8 08:41:30 EST 2003
On Thu, 7 Aug 2003, Rebecca Jones wrote:
> I've finally decided to stop hemming and hawing and go ahead and
> turn my laptop into a dual boot machine. I keep sitting on my hands
> saying I need to learn more before I do anything drastic. Besides,
> *needing* to fix whatever I break will be great incentive to finish
> learning. ;-) The only problems is the sucky recovery disk type
> they give with it. (As discussed in an earlier thread) I saw the
> below quote in that thread and it sounded too good to be true.
> Start quote .....
> Check out http://www.mondorescue.org Mondoarchive is a full featured backup
> and disaster recovery system. It will bare-metal restore any (linux, BSD,
> MSwin) system from CD, NFS server, tape... It handles NTFS partitions by
> doing a "ghost" image since it cannot write individual files there. The
> current devel branch has code to image only the _data-filled_ parts of the
> NTFS partition thus reducing the image size.
> Using mondoarchive to back up your newly installed XP, after you
> install linux also, will allow you to do the equivalent of the
> "restore" CD without losing the linux stuff...
> end quote ...
> I checked out the site and it looks like you need to already have Linux
> installed on the machine to make this work. I also found this thread in the
> forum ....
> Conor, if you're out there - let me know if I'm wrong. I'll be one happy,
> happy girl if I can get this to work. I do have RH 9 on my desktop if that
> Thanks for any assistance you guys can give!
Sounds to me as if all your problems are solved! :-) I have a WinMe
system with only a "sucky recovery disk". I used fips.exe to reduce
the size of the Windows partition (because the recovery thing takes
over the whole disc), added a few more partitions in the space
recovered, then installed Linux.
I hadn't come across Mondorescue until today, but you (and I!) need to
install it after Linux is working, and then we can even restore the
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